HEAVY LOAD QUAY
30 TON/M2 | NEAR QUAY JACKING
BEATRIXHAVEN: DEDICATED FOR OFFSHORE WIND FACILITY
Groningen Seaports has examined the logistic possibilities of the Beatrixhaven for offshore construction and transhipment vessels like jack-ups, pontoons and freighters with large cranes. Simulations demonstrated that most offshore vessels can approach this basin without problems in wind conditions mounting 8 Bft.
Beatrixhaven is the Eemshaven’s youngest harbour basin. The first section of it was opened in 2008 by HRH Queen Beatrix, and it has been enlarged in phases since that time. The Beatrixhaven has a length of 1,200 metres and a turning basin has been put in place at the end. On the southern side a quay with a length of 1,200 metres is available. The harbour was originally built as a short sea harbour, but has since developed into an offshore wind harbour. On the western side a special quay with a length of 220 metres has been built for extra heavy cargoes. Jack-up ships can moor just in front of the quay so that they can use their own cranes, and plenty of space is available for companies to establish their businesses. The heavy cargo quay has a maximum capacity (equally divided load) of 30 tons/m2 and has been especially designed for the transhipment of extra-heavy cargoes such as wind turbine components. Eemshaven already had a position as a hub in the offshore wind industry, but that has now been strengthened by the realisation of Beatrixhaven.
On the southern side the stevedoring firm Wijnne Barends is established, that stores, transships and handles a broad range of cargo. It also accommodates the offshore service company Siem. On the northern side AG Ems operates a passenger terminal with a ferry service to the German Wadden island of Borkum. Besides this terminal EMS Maritime Offshore (EMO) runs an offshore service facility with a jetty to accommodate service and crew transfer vessels. Siemens decided to build an offshore servicehub on the EMO premesis to operate and maintain (O&M services) 150 wind turbine generators for the Dutch wind farm Gemini.
NEAR QUAY JACKING BEATRIXHAVEN
Jack-up vessels can moor in the Beatrixhaven just in front of the quay. That means these vessels can use their own cranes for loading activities.
In recent years Eemshaven has become the backdrop to large-scale activities concerning the assembly and shipping of wind turbines. For the next years many wind park initiatives are planned for the North Sea as well. Eemshaven is able to play a key role in maintaining and repairing these planned wind turbines. Therefore a starting and landing site for helicopters will be constructed in the northwestern part of Eemshaven, close to the Beatrixhaven. All required procedures are under development and it is expected that the heliport Eemshaven will be operational in 2017.
FACTS & FIGURES BEATRIXHAVEN
Length: 1,200 m
Width: 110-150 m
Draught max.: 7,5 m
Jacking permitted: Yes
Quay age (south): 1,200 m (pressure 4-6 ton/m2)
Quay age (west): 220 m (pressure 30 ton/m2)
Quay width: 30 m
Quayt height: 4.4 m
Groningen Seaports believes that the mentioned details are correct, but some data may be subject to changes.